RATING: PG (mild language)
"Air force one, you're cleared for landing." A voice announced through the line. As soon as CJ got the message, she got the strangest feeling of déjà vu. It was only two days ago or so that they'd landed in Dallas and she'd gotten the exact same message. She leaned across the seat and rested her head on Danny's shoulder, not really wanting to get to her feet just yet.
Danny smiled and rested his chin on her head.
"We're landing." He said softly.
"I know." She whispered.
"You gonna stay here with me forever?" He asked hopefully as he kissed her head. She smiled and looked at him.
"Sounds good to me." She admitted before kissing him gently. He kissed back and then heard a shuffle to his left.
"Awww, Kodiak moment." KD cooed before getting pulled by Toby towards the exit. CJ buried her face into Danny's neck while he grinned like an idiot. That was KD's favorite thing to say and now it felt like she was really back.
Danny looked down at CJ and brushed the hair out of her eyes.
"Welcome home, CJ." He whispered. "Let's go." He added as he took her hand and pulled her to her feet.p> "I don't wanna." She whispered as she snuggled into his arms. He held her close and kissed her forehead.
"Okay. Let's just live here." He replied as he pulled her back down on the couch and started kissing her neck. She laughed and pushed him off.
"Point taken." She replied.
"No, no. We can just stay here." He assured her before pressing his lips to hers. She laughed and kissed back.
"CJ, as much as I love watching you kiss Danny, we have to get back to the Wing." Josh called as he passed them. CJ sighed and looked Danny in the eye. He smiled at her.
"Let's go." He whispered again. She nodded and got up with him. As they got out of the plane, they saw KD and Toby talking softly while her jeep was unloaded from the cargo space.
"I can't believe she made them do that." CJ muttered. Danny chuckled.
"I'm not the least bit surprised." He retorted as he walked with her towards the limo. "I'll see you later?" He asked. CJ nodded and kissed him gently. He was a little surprised because she'd never kissed him in the view of the public before, but he kissed back anyway.
"I'll see you." She promised before getting into the limo with Josh and Donna. Danny grinned like an idiot and walked towards the parking lot for his car. Behind him, KD leaned back against Toby.
"You know this isn't going to be easy." She whispered to him as he kissed her neck and squeezed her close.
"I know. We'll do this, Katy. We can." He whispered back before kissing her gently. She smiled at him after kissing back and then looked to her car.
"I hope they didn't scratch it." She muttered.
"I'm sure they didn't." Toby said softly. She looked at him.
"Can we do this?" She whispered.
"Not only can we, but we will." He assured her before kissing her again.
She kissed back and then nodded.
"Okay. Let's go then." She whispered. He chuckled and opened the door for her. She climbed into the car and readjusted the seat. He climbed into the other side and watched as she started the car and drove after the departing limos for the West Wing. As they drove, the window flew through her hair and Toby realized that she was home.
David Beckwith muttered softly as he crossed the room to the Xerox machine to copy a few papers he had to fax to KD later on that day. She was expecting them sometime soon. He'd seen her on TV yesterday and he didn't know how he felt about it. He copied the papers absentmindedly, trying not to think about anything really. He walked back to his desk and moved to sit in his chair when he noticed it was occupied.
"Boss?" He asked weakly as KD got to her feet.
"You been goofing off while I was gone?" She asked softly. David shook his head and then hugged her tightly.
"Don't do that again." He insisted as he hugged her. KD laughed and hugged him back.
"It's good to see you too." She whispered and stroked the young man's hair. It felt good to see him again. They'd never said as such to each other, but the relationship they shared was more of a mother-son interaction than a professional one. It didn't matter that David was only about ten years younger than her, making it impossible for her to be his mother; they still respected each other as such. Toby walked up behind them and tapped David on the shoulder.
"Mine." He said simply. David laughed and stepped back.
"Good." He declared. "Good." Toby smiled and squeezed David's shoulder before looking KD in the eye. The hardest stuff wasn't over yet.p> "You gonna be able to handle this surprise?" KD asked as she looked at David. He nodded and pointed to the papers on his desk.
"I think things will be easier now that you're actually here." He replied honestly.
"Okay. I've got to go settle some stuff, so you just do whatever." KD told him before moving with Toby for the hallway.
"Yes, ma'am." David replied playfully as they disappeared. He turned around and caught Ginger's gaze. She smiled at him and nodded. He nodded back and hugged her tightly. Down the hall, KD said hello to everyone that saw her and smiled. She laughed as they joked with her, but she had a destination and she had to keep it. Slowly, she and Toby walked into Margaret's office.
Margaret gasped and hugged KD hello.
"What are you doing here?" She asked fitfully. KD chuckled.
"Good to see you too. Is he in?" KD asked. Margaret nodded. KD smiled at her and then at Toby before moving to the door and leaning in. Leo was on the phone, staring out the window. She moved inside and sat on his couch, out of his eyesight.
"Yeah, okay. Yeah, I had fun too." He said softly. "I'll see you then."
He said and hung up. He looked around his desk and then noticed that someone was sitting on his couch.
"Hey, dad." KD said softly as she stood up again. Leo smiled as tears came to his eyes and walked forward to hug her tightly. She hugged back and buried her face in his shoulder. "You think you got some room for a stupid little girl on this staff?" She asked softly. Leo laughed and looked into her eyes.
"No, but I think we have room for you." He assured her and then hugged her again. "Welcome home, Katy." He whispered. She hugged him tightly and nodded, glancing at Toby through the doorframe. Toby smiled at her and then jerked his head towards her. She frowned and then looked to the doorway to the Oval office. Jed Bartlet was standing in the doorway with his jaw dropped open and his eyes wide. She smiled at him, not letting go of her surrogate father and nodded. He nodded back. Leo stepped away and saw his best friend standing there. KD faced the President and found him hugging her too.
"You're back." Jed whispered in her ear as he hugged her tightly.
"If you'll take me." She whispered back. He chuckled and lifted her off the ground in a bear hug.
"Of course." He exclaimed happily as he put her back on the ground. She blushed a little and nodded.
"But I have to do some things first." She said softly, looking back at Toby who had now entered the room. Leo and Jed exchanged glances and then looked at her. Would they be getting the truth now?
"What things?" Leo asked softly.
"I have to deal with the thing that made me leave in the first place." KD admitted as Toby slipped his arms around her waist.
"We're going to deal with it." He corrected. KD leaned back into him and nodded. The two men opposite them nodded, wondering what the thing was but they both decided not to press for answers.
"Is there going to be a problem?" Jed asked softly.
"I wouldn't have left if there wasn't." KD retorted softly. She felt Toby squeeze her tighter and rested her hands on his.
"Do you need our help?" Leo asked.
"No." KD replied quickly. "I'm not sure what we're going to do, but I think we need to do it alone and not involve you guys."
"Sooner or later, is this going to involve us?" Jed asked. KD hesitated.
"It might, but we're working on it." She replied honestly.
"I don't feel so great about operating in the dark." Leo admitted.
"Leo, trust us." Toby spoke up. "I know what I'm doing and we're doing everything we can to protect this White House." He assured them. Leo nodded and so did the President.
"I'm just glad you're back, kid." Jed exclaimed. "You should go say hi to Abbey. She missed you too." KD smiled weakly and nodded.
"Later, I promise." She said softly. "I just think I might be getting an important phone call soon." She added.
"From who?" Leo probed.
"Destiny." KD replied playfully. "Excuse us, guys." She added softly and led Toby out of the room. Leo and Jed looked at each other and grins broke out across their faces.
"She's back." They said in unison.